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2015_Day 81: Garden planted on March 22

It only took about 90 minutes to even the dirt, plant all the veggies, cage the tomatoes and water the new plantings.

It only took about 90 minutes to even the dirt, plant all the veggies, cage the tomatoes and water the new plantings.

That’s a blog headline I never thought I’d be writing. Planting a garden in Wisconsin the past six years, March meant waiting for the snow to disappear and eagerly waiting to get into the garden to till the ground. And that rarely happened before the end of April. The last frost usually was around May 7, so other than lettuce, nothing got planted before mid-May. Continue reading

2015_Day 76: Dirt Day gone, garden glee just around the corner

Found a couple pots to go next to the flower bed.

Found a couple pots to go next to the flower bed.

My raised beds are full of soil and ready for planting. But that might have to wait a few days because there is rain the forecast tonight, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Continue reading

2015_Day 73: Raised beds together and ready for soil

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What a glorious day! Raised beds put together and waiting on soil. Crape myrtle tree planted. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I am thrilled I got that much done. Continue reading

2015_Day 70: Zinnias, cosmos, daisies and more

My seed packets this year

My seed packets this year

There aren’t any real surprises in my seed choices this year, although there are far fewer, given I won’t have a 30-foot-by-40-foot space in which to plant them. Veggie seed mainstays peas, beans and cucumbers will complement the tomato plants in my vegetable bed, along with a few onion bulbs. It’s possible I may add a bit more lettuce, too, depending how my current containers of lettuce do. Oh, and I can’t forget the chives and basil plants I bought. Aside from dill, I’ve never really grown herbs, unless you count lavender (salvia), which to me is more of a flower.

Speaking of which, my flower seed packets this year are my tried and true faves zinnias and cosmos, along with aubrieta, gazania, California poppies and daisies. I’m thinking I’m going to devote one fairly big raised bed to veggies and herbs and another big one – or maybe two smaller ones – to flowers. I have yet to figure out exactly where the underground sprinkler system’s pipes and heads are in the backyard in order to place the container beds, not to mention my crape myrtle tree. Tomorrow night, I think I’m going to run the sprinklers so I can get that settled once and for all. Not that we need any more rain, but that seems to be the easiest way to figure it out.

I’ve already bought one raised bed, so I’d like to get that together, too, so I can get an idea of its size. Then I can go buy a few more, depending on what I want/need. I’m so glad it’s going to be in the 60s tomorrow and 70s through the weekend. Should be perfect gardening weather. And I’ve got a lot on my to-do list. Don’t you just love Spring!